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It is holiday baking season so lets talk cookies! And we’re talkin’ about the Anginette. They are the little round soft vanilla cookies with icing and sprinkles. Remember these? We posted a picture of them on our facebook page and found out some really great information. Some people call them Wedding Balls or Longinettes and even Taralis. We never heard of those names, but love it! Our friend, Regina DeSimone, says her family calls them Dedulutes, (we can’t even say it), and shared her frosting tip… by heating the milk until almost boiling and then adding the powdered sugar, the frosting will harden quicker after the cookies are frosted. Who knew? Mom told us to add orange juice to the batter, it will make the cookies tender and delicate. Watch the amount of baking powder you use. Too much and it will make the cookies bitter and hard. Some people even use ricotta cheese or sour cream to make them very moist. Wow, such a little cookie but filled with such big memories and wonderful stories!

Recipe 4 cups flour
2 tablespoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 sticks butter
1 cup sugar
6 eggs
2 teaspoons Vanilla
2 teaspoons Anise

In bowl mix flour, baking powder and salt. Set aside. In the bowl of your mixer cream butter and sugar. Add eggs one at a time and beat after each. Add Vanilla and anise flavorings. Chill in fridge at least 1 hour. Bake in preheated oven @350 degrees for about 11 minutes.

November 2, 2015 – Monday

Finally. It’s November and we can’t wait to start planning for our Thanksgiving Holiday. Mom already called the annual family meeting with pen and paper in hand, (no phones allowed) to pass out the “who is making what list.”
We start by replacing all of our spices in the cabinet with fresh new ones. But…..don’t throw them away. We put the cinnamon, nutmeg, apple pie spice etc. in a pan with water and simmer for days on the stove to make the house smell festive!

We will also start chopping fresh apples to make our favorite pie, Daddy’s Apple Walnut Pie! To early you say? Well no it isn’t. Our auntie Lou gave us this fabulous tip a few years ago. Add chopped apples, your cinnamon and sugar that the recipe calls for and toss into a Ziploc bag and freeze! It saves so much time and the apple mixture is ready when you are! We always say to each other, why did she wait so long to tell us this? It’s a life changer!!
Next, we will locate the table cloth, think about what dishes to use and then the most important question of all…..how to decorate the table. Well……… I really don’t know why my younger sister and I even bother to get involved in this, Joy will start controlling the whole thing and take over…so why does she even bother to ask us. But we laugh, let it happen and love that we are all together again and able to celebrate another year!